4 NUJS L. Rev. 1 (2011)

handle is hein.journals/nujslr4 and id is 1 raw text is: JUSTICE ALTAMAS KABIR'S
Justice Altamas Kabir
On the occasion of your Annual Convocation, I felt that in-
stead of giving you a scholarly lecture on a legal topic, it would be more ap-
propriate to give you a bit of information, some of which you may already have,
that may help you in making a decision in pursuing in law.
Till about fifteen years ago, law as a career option was not
much of a choice and was more or less at the bottom of the choices available to
a person thinking of a career. Today, the position is different. Today, a career
in law is a very attractive proposition, so much so that an entrance test has had
to be introduced for the purpose of admission into the law colleges and univer-
sities. Why is this so and what has caused such a change in attitude so that a
career in law today is considered by many to be a better choice than a career in
engineering or medicine?
One of the main reasons for the change in attitude are the
vast opportunities that are now available in a law career on account of tech-
nological advances and the shrinking and blurring of boundaries of trade and
commerce. With the advent of the internet, things have taken a dramatic turn.
Commerce has become global and with such globalization, trade agreements
at an international level among international players have become common.
With information exchange possible within minutes, commercial contracts and
agreements are reached quickly without the parties or their lawyers having to
undertake long travel. These transactions otherwise took hours and even days.
This has, however, also given rise to disputes at an international level requiring
the expertise and assistance of members of the legal profession.
Company laws, Patent, Trade Marks and Designs laws,
Shipping laws, Customs laws, laws relating to Contract, Arbitration and
Mediation laws, have gained prominence.
Gone are the days when the practice of law was confined to a
regular court room for the redress of grievances at different hierarchical levels.
* Judge, Supreme Court of India.

January - March, 2011

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